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and would like to think I'm pretty familiar with his style of ...
on 4 June 2015
I've been a Terry Pratchett fan for many years, and would like to think I'm pretty familiar with his style of writing. I LOVE his dialogue, the way characters speak and interact - it's an essential part of the delight of a Discworld book.
And that's what's missing here.
I can only assume that Terry's illness was finally taking over his thought processes.
The concept of Snuff is a good one, and adds another race to the rich texture of the Discworld. Goblins are brought to the fore as a complex and misunderstood people, and some of the ideas are genius.
The way people speak has changed dramatically, and not for the better. There's far too much exposition and rambling speech that is totally un-necessary, and frankly repetitive. Characters speak in ways and use phraseologies that are nothing like previous encounters with them in past books. If it weren't for the names, you'd think they were different people.
It's such a shame. I made it through the book, but it was a struggle.
I think in hindsight there were signs that all was not well in Unseen Alchemicals and I Shall Wear Midnight, but in this book it's painfully apparent.
RIP Sir Terry.